Trump Draws Criticism For Suggesting French Fight Notre Dame Fire With “Flying Water Tankers”
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Professional firefighters reportedly called Trump’s suggestion impractical to say the least and potentially dangerous, as special planes used to put out forest fires could be risky in an urban location. Additionally, firefighters said, the force of the water could cause the structure to fall and possibly hurt first responders.
The French government’s civil defense agency tweeted a statement in English saying, “hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.”
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.
— Sécurité Civile Fr (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
Meanwhile, French newspaper Le Monde blasted the American president’s proposal as “impossible.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, also slammed Trump on Twitter, referencing his past advice for crises like his recent suggestion to change Boeing planes‘ branding strategy.
“How about this? Do your own damn job,” Swalwell wrote.
Branding advice for Boeing. Firefighting advice for France. How about this? Do your own damn job. https://t.co/oc3FttgqP6
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 15, 2019
“It was technically impossible, undoable & most of all would have been utterly useless,” a French fire chief said in response to Trump’s firefighting advice, noting it would be “the equivalent of dropping three tons of concrete at 250 kilometers per hour.” https://t.co/xmgjLKNzlr
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) April 16, 2019
Would just like to point out that Notre Dame is older by several hundred years than The United States of America & this halfwit thinks he knows how to fight fires in a medieval gothic architectural treasure? #NotreDame #trump pic.twitter.com/TIc2eEZN5p
— Y’AlrightTrouble? 🙃🏴 (@JulieMilne6) April 15, 2019
We are sorry for what happened to the Notre Dame Cathedral. And also sorry for the disgusting response from Trump. It was crass and pathetic. Just know that he doesn’t speak for any sane American.
America 🇺🇸 🇫🇷
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 16, 2019